Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa - cover image


John W. Wilson; Richard B. Primack

Published On





  • English

Print Length

694 pages (xxxiv+660)


Paperback203 x 48 x 254 mm(8" x 1.89" x 10")
Hardback203 x 52 x 254 mm(8" x 2.06" x 10")


Paperback4042g (142.58oz)
Hardback4621g (163.00oz)




  • The Lounsbery Foundation

OCLC Number





  • 1HF
  • RNKH
  • RNC


  • NAT010000
  • NAT011000
  • SCI026000
  • NAT001000


  • QH77.A37


  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • textbook
  • conservation
  • biodiversity
  • environmental laws
  • protected areas management
  • sustainability
  • poverty
  • human-wildlife conflict
  • Africa
  • textbook

Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa

Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa comprehensively explores the challenges and potential solutions to key conservation issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Easy to read, this lucid and accessible textbook includes fifteen chapters that cover a full range of conservation topics, including threats to biodiversity, environmental laws, and protected areas management, as well as related topics such as sustainability, poverty, and human-wildlife conflict. This rich resource also includes a background discussion of what conservation biology is, a wide range of theoretical approaches to the subject, and concrete examples of conservation practice in specific African contexts. Strategies are outlined to protect biodiversity whilst promoting economic development in the region.

Boxes covering specific themes written by scientists who live and work throughout the region are included in each chapter, together with recommended readings and suggested discussion topics. Each chapter also includes an extensive bibliography.

Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa provides the most up-to-date study in the field. It is an essential resource, available on-line without charge, for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a handy guide for professionals working to stop the rapid loss of biodiversity in Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere.


Johnny Wilson, who I have known since he was a wee undergraduate in South Africa has just published an excellent text book on conservation. He's done so with Richard Primack, who has an unrivalled record of texts on conservation. It's very good indeed. And, it's free to download. Very well done, gentlemen, and my sincere thanks for your commitment to making science readily available to those who often cannot afford expensive text books. Kudos all round.

Stuart Pimm

Founder and President of Saving Nature and the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation at Duke University


Sometimes even music cannot substitute for tears,” Paul Simon once sang. Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa is an extremely well-written and beautifully illustrated magnum opus on almost all things biological that pertain to the difficult subject of conservation in sub-Saharan Africa. It can be viewed as a primer on ecology, a call to arms and, almost, a cry of despair as much as a reference on conservation. I found that I could only read a small part each time I opened it. The facts and problems, given in such lucid and easy-to-read detail, are enough to make you cry. It requires courage to face the existential problems that confront wildlife (and indeed humans) in Africa. That the authors have done so, and even offer glimpses of hope, is to be applauded, as is their decision to make the book available for free on the internet.

Derek Charlwood

"Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa". The Biologist (0006-3347), 2019.

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